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Hi I'm Merlin

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I'm a senior citizen retired, but very busy doing things to take care of our home, our extended family, our church family and community. I have an advanced degree in secondary education and even though I am now retired, my working career involved many facets of education and educational and hospital administration. I have been involved with youth programs all of my life and especially the Boy Scouts of America. My wife and I have been married for over 55 years and have 8 children and 28 grandchildren. We enjoy doing things together, and always raise a vegetable garden along with our children. We love life and the wonderful place where we live.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a heritage of Mormon Pioneers. My ancestors in the church date to the time of the prophet Joseph Smith. After crossing the plains of the midwest to the Rocky Mountains, they were sent to settle parts of Southern Utah and Southern Idaho. That is the culture I have been raised in, but more importantly, I have gained my own testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by diligent seeking of the truth through study of the scriptures and the power of prayer. Over the years I have had the privilege of working and associating with people of many different faiths and cultures. These associations have been very positive and have also strenghtend my testimony of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as I have been taught over the years through scriptures and living prophets.

How I live my faith

Their is no division between our daily life and our religious life. The principles of the Gospel are the force that drives our decisions and the choices we make. The principle of service has been instrumental in the way my wife and I relate to others in our family and community. We have served as volunteer leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. We have had responsibilities in teaching young children and youth in our church, not only here in the United States but also in other countries in Europe, Mexico and the Caribeean. Because we both are literate in several languages, we have spent time as volunteers in translating and interpreting for individuals in hospitals, schools and with government agencies. We believe that in serving others we are serving our God.